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Confidence in the news media still at half-mast, according to the TNS Sofres-la Croix barometer

A continuing paradox

Translated Monday 8 February 2016, by Anne Sanders

It is a continuing paradox. The annual TNS Sofres-La Croix barometer of confidence in the news media shows that the people of France still have doubts about the independence of journalists: six out of ten consider that journalists are susceptible to pressure from political parties and the government (64%, up 6 points) or financial pressure (58%, up 5 points).

According to this survey, the majority of people still get their news from the television (54%), from internet sites (20%), the radio (18%) and newspapers (7%). 38% of under-35s get most of their news from the internet. The radio remains the most credible form of media for 55% of French people, ahead of newspapers and television (respectively 51% and 50%). It is worth noting their wariness of the internet and social media in terms of credibility. Online, they favour the “quality” newspapers, internet sites or apps.

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